Iowan Kandy Olinger had never ever even heard of a COPO Camaro. That didn’t keep her from digging this one out of a Wisconsin garage. She says, “My partner [Chad Slocum] got me a 1994 Firehawk, thinking I would fall for it. He offered me a year. He stated if I didn’t like it I could get rid of it.” Kandy desired a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro to begin with. Chad simply didn’t think an “old car” would “ride, deal with, or brake” like the modern automobiles she was made use of to driving. After a year, Kandy did not like her Firehawk. Jim Brown Jr., among Chad’s car pals, wanted to buy her Pontiac. Kandy would offer if she could discover a 1969 Camaro, however not just any ’69 Camaro. She wanted a black ’69 Camaro. 3 days later on, Jim called back to state, “You’re not going to believe this.” 2 doors below his home he had actually found a 1969 Camaro in his neighbor Tom Murphy’s garage. And wow, the Camaro was black, however was originally Hugger Orange. The Camaro had a “cool paint task,” including ghost stripes and “freak drops,” a big-block 396, four-speed, 4.10 gears, and an orange Houndstooth interior. Two weeks passed. Jim called Chad to explain Tom got the vehicle running. Jim even rode in it, which he said was a “actual time pill.” “We get online to take a look at the pictures Jim sent out,” states Chad, “and everything looked great other than for the paint job, which had us thinking, exactly what were they smoking cigarettes?” Immediately, Chad thought this Camaro might potentially be a real COPO (brief for Central Office Production Order), the huge offer being a factory-installed 427 instead of a 396. “I could see it had a big-block heating system core, which I knew was something a COPO had to have from all the stories my daddy informed me as a kid.” Chad and Kandy drove to Wisconsin to look over the Camaro. Chad was excited to discover a factory cowl hood and factory tachometer with a 6,000-rpm redline, which he understood was particular to solid-lifter engines. The body had a couple of corrosion issues in the trunk and under the windscreen, but the overall condition w.
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When it was presented in 1965, the Shelby Mustang GT350 started the muscle car era with a bang. For $4,311 —— almost twice the price of a base Mustang (three times the cost in full-on competition specification) —— you got among the most track-ready road automobiles in the world. In its May ’65 problem, Car and Motorist said: “Basically, what Shelby has actually done is to convert the Mustang fastback coupe into a road-going variation of a NASCAR stocker.” Road & Track stated: “For the racing driver, it will also give great amusement, as it should allow him to laugh all the way to the winner’s circle in SCCA’s class BP racing.” And why would not they heap praise on such an amazing performance vehicle? It had a 305 horse power 289 cubic inch V8 mated to a four-speed handbook transmission. It might sprint from absolutely no to 60 in 6.5 seconds, and run the quarter-mile in 14.9 seconds at 95 miles per hour, and peak at 126, though according to Car and Motorist, its “special, semi-racing Goodyears, with low-angle nylon cord; [are] safe at sustained accelerate to 130 miles per hour.” It was seriously excellent stuff for 1965. Today? Not so much. Half a century after the GT350, Ford presented a brand new Mustang lineup, consisting of the EcoBoost, which has precisely half the cylinders the Shelby did. With its 2.3-cylinder turbocharged inline 4 and six-speed manual, it’s anything however an alleviation reward; in fact, its 310 horse power and 320 pound-feet of torque take the automobile from no to 60 in 5.2 seconds, run the quarter mile in 13.9 seconds at 98 miles per hour, and top out at an electronically-limited 149 miles per hour. And for the icing on the cake, it gets a combined 26 miles per gallon. So from a pure performance viewpoint, the $27,000 EcoBoost would roast the 50-year-old GT350s, which are now worth simply under $300K typically. The large majority of us will probably never own one of these mid-century gems, however that …
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